|Plot Summary of Small Gods|
Brutha, a lowly novice in the Citadel, is visited by Om (who has taken form as a one-eyed tortoise these past three years) because Brutha is Om's one true remaining believer. A simple-minded soul who normally likes to hoe the monastery garden, Brutha comes to the notice of Vorbis the Exquisitor (a specialist in extracting faith and confession by torture) because he has perfect memory and total recall. Vorbis hopes to use Brutha in his plans to invade and conquer the rival kingdom of Ephebe. Om the tortoise goes along for the ride, mainly to fight off the other small gods who want to take over Brutha, but incidentally to teach Brutha the true nature of faith, the universe, and gods. Though filled with typical Pratchett humor, _Small Gods_ is more thoughtful and philosophical than many of the other Discworld novels.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
A very humorous look at good and evil in an oppressive religious society. The true God, discovered to be a small, angry turtle, has only one follower. The blasphemous leaders of the faith are out to conquer the unbeleivers. Can our hero, and the turtle overcome them? Very dry humor and thought provoking.
This synopsis report prepared by John D. Dougherty
Brutha the Novice learns he's the true chosen one after being spoken to by his god Om (in the form of a tortoise). Despite this, he does not challenge Vorbis the Exquisitor whom everyone knows is the real Prophet, and in fact, helps save him despite the result of being persecuted. Funnier than this review would make out, too.
This synopsis report prepared by Confusing Manifestation
A once great God returns to The world to find he only has one believerleft in a society built to revere him. And the believer is not very smart.
This synopsis report prepared by Barry Regan
Small Gods deals mostly with the nature of belief. Brutha, a young novice in the church of the great god Om, is visited by Om who is currently (and most embarrasingly) appearing in the form of a half-blind turtle. Om realizes that he only has one believer left - Brutha - who isn't all that smart but is good at mucking out the melons and remembering things. Small Gods deals with Brutha's attempt to understand the very organized religion he is part of and not be smote by Om. Humerous scenes with philosophers, towels. One of Pratchett's more thoughtful novels, although still as funny as hell.
This synopsis report prepared by alicia garbe
When people loose faith in a deity, funny things can happen - for instance that deity could get turned into a very old turtle with poor eyesight. The search for identity for the deity and retribution to those that lost the faith are told in a very witty and cynical manner.
This synopsis report prepared by D'Arave Southerland
|Chapter Analysis of Small Gods|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 20%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 37.1%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 32.9%
Tone of book
- humorous or laughable
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- religious figure
A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:
- humans in a primitive/fantasy society
Planet outside solar system?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Sex in book?
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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